September 2011 | Volume 6, Issue 3
NIST Extends Response Period for Comments on Proposed New Advanced Manufacturing Program
NIST is seeking comments from manufacturers on the proposed new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) program. The deadline for submitting comments is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.
AMTech is being implemented to foster public-private research focused on long-term industrial research in the area of advanced manufacturing. NIST is asking for comments on how to structure the proposed new program. For information on AMTech and to submit comments, visit NIST.
Making Things: 21st Century Manufacturing and Design
“Making Things: 21st Century Manufacturing and Design” will be held October 17 as part of the National Academy of Engineering’s Annual Meeting. This session, which is being held 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, is open to the public but registration is required and space is limited. In formation on the event is located here.
MEP Buy American Supplier Scouting
Matching Domestic Manufacturers With Viable Business Opportunities
NJMEP is looking for manufacturers that would like to sell to government agencies that have Buy American provision requirements. The Buy American Supplier Scouting program promotes US manufacturing by connecting government agencies that have Buy American provision requirements with U.S. manufacturers that can make the products they need.
Through Buy American Supplier Scouting activities, NIST was able to locate a hot water heater that met the stringent requirements necessary for its Net Zero Lab House being built at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD..
If your company is interested in learning more about the Buy American Supplier Scouting program, contact Lynore DeSantis at NJMEP, 973-998-9801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynore DeSantis participated in NIST MEP’s Emerging Leaders Program, NJMEP has two new Field Agents and Bob Loderstedt was interviewed by The Courier Post and NJBIZ. To get the complete scoop, click here.
Three Manufacturers are Featured in Opinion Column by Rep. Rush Holt
N.J.’s Manufacturers Have Reinvented Themselves As Industries Evolve by Congressman Rush Holt pays tribute to the resilience of manufacturing and, in particular to Somerset’s MICRO, Ranger Industries in Tinton Falls and Ewing’s Homasote. Holt points out the importance of innovation to the survival of manufacturing. Congressman Holt recently toured these companies and along with Rep. Pallone hosted a manufacturing forum at Rutgers University. To read more about the tour and forum read Manufacturing Making News.
Coining Inc. Honored as a Good Neighbor
New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) has selected Coining,Inc.’s new Montvale headquarters and manufacturing facility to receive the association’s prestigious 2011 New Good Neighbor Award. This award is presented annually to New Jersey companies who have recently built outstanding commercial or industrial buildings, improving the economy as well as the landscape of New Jersey. Read More.
Raymond Hopp, Pres. & CEO HK Metalcraft Comments in The Star Ledger
Raymond Hopp, President and CEO, HK Metalcraft, was interviewed by Stacy Jones for N.J. Business Owners Slow To Warm Up To Jobs Plan. The article appeared in September 10th paper. Hopp shared his thoughts on the proposed job plan and the labor challenges his company faces.
MADE IN NEW JERSEY NEWS:
Productive Plastics featured in Plastics Technology
Productive Plastics was featured in Plastics Technology in an article entitled On-Site: ‘Productive’ Is More Than A Name For This Efficient Thermoformer. The article focuses on Productive Plastics’ use of lean manufacturing techniques and its benefits to both customers and the company.
Manufacturing: The Resurgence of American Innovation and Jobs
“There’s something really great that’s going on in America right now: people are talking about manufacturing again.” These are the opening words that Miles Bodnar, Tektite Industries’ marketing manager, posted in his article on the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.
NIST put out a call to MEP clients to share their thoughts on the manufacturing on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog and The Commerce Blog. Bodnar responded and his post appeared on both sites in early July. To read his article visit, Manufacturing: The Resurgence of American Innovation and Jobs. The Blogs provide interesting reading on many topics related to manufacturing and projects being developed in the US, as well as links to many Commerce Blog sites.
SWEMCO Featured In NJBIZ Magazine
Made in New Jersey company and NJMEP client SWEMCO was the subject of an article in NJBIZ magazine, Short Runs Power Long-Term Strategy, South Jersey Manufacturer Builds Niche In Low-Volume Production. Read the article at njmep.org
EVS Metal, a full service precision sheet metal fabricator, has just competed installation of an Amada FO 4020NT Laser. The new laser gives EVS the ability to cut different types of material of all different thicknesses and finish parts in a more timely fashion, with greater precision and accuracy. EVS Metal is on the FAB 40 list of THE FABRICATOR, a key industry publication. This is the second year that EVS has been named to the list. According to THE FABRICATOR, the FAB 40 “is intended to reinforce the point that metal fabricating is a vital sector of the U.S. manufacturing community”. To learn more about EVS visit evsmetal.com.
ARTICLES AND FEATURES:
Financial Assistance for Hurricane and Storm Damage
Several state, federal and private programs are available to NJ residents and businesses that have been affected by flooding and damage from Hurricane Irene and storms. The programs include loans and/or grants to help businesses that have suffered economic loss.
PNC Bank contacted NJMEP regarding its special interest rates for businesses impacted by recent storms and flooding. To learn more about the bank’s interest rate programs, which include Business Lines of Credit, Term Loans or SBA Loans, call Katie Chazukow at 973-881-5182. Learn more about the offer.
Manufacturing Making News
August was a great month for manufacturing. The new Chief Manufacturing Officer for NIST, Michael F. Molnar, took office and Representatives Rush Holt (Dist. 12), Frank Pallone (Dist. 6) and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (Dist. 8) put manufacturing in the news. Read More.
Just One Word
Long before 1967 and The Graduate, when Mr. McQuire told Ben “there’s a great future in plastics,” the industry was firmly rooted in the state. In the 1860s, John Wesley Hyatt experimented with cellulose nitrate. Ten years later his brother, Isaiah successfully convinced several wealthy New York capitalists to back the results of those experiments, a new plastic material, celluloid, as it had unlimited potential as a molding material. Read More.
Tax Savings Opportunity For Energy Reductions
Written by Herb Unger
If all industrial, commercial and institutional energy users, in this country, were to take advantage of the myriad technologies available to reduce energy usage, the United States would not have to import one gallon of foreign oil. Read More.
Is Your Company the Best Place to Work In New Jersey?
Do you love where you work? Does you employer show a dedication to their employees’ growth and quality of life? Has your company invested in workforce training and process improvement that has helped its employees expand their skills? If so, NJBIZ would like to know about your company.
The 2012 Best Places to Work in New Jersey, sponsored by NJBIZ, recognizes employers who show a dedication to their employees. If you think your company is the Best Place to Work, this is a wonderful opportunity to let the rest of the state know. To learn more about the program requirements, see previous winners, view survey & report samples and register, visit Best Places to Work in New Jersey. The registration deadline is November 18.
Former Factory Worker Named U.S. Poet Laureate
Philip Levine, an award-winning poet and former factory worker, who taught at Cal State Fresno for 34 years, has been named the new U.S. poet laureate. Levine, born in Detroit, started working at industrial jobs when he was 14 and discovered poetry in high school. Levine worked at the Cadillac and the Chevrolet Gear and Axle factory and read and wrote poems in his off hours. Levine said, ” The factories were so loud he could recite poetry while working on the line.” Many of his poems have been inspired by his days as an auto worker. Read More.
13-Year-Old Starts Successful Manufacturing Company
Innovation and a good heart combined to give birth to a new business. Hart Main, a 13-year-old young man in Marysville, Ohio started ManCans, a company that manufacturers man scented candles. Hart purchases Campbell’s soup and donates it to non-profit organizations. He started his business with a $100 investment made from delivering local newspapers, flyers for a local cell phone store, and umpiring for the local recreation baseball league. Hear Mr. Hart talk about his business on YouTube or visit his website man-cans.com to learn more about ManCans.
ISO Certification Helps Manufacturer Retain Customers and Grow Sales
Engineered Components Inc. manufactures push/pull and brake cables for the high-end industrial vehicles market. The markets supported are very diverse and range from medical equipment to casino furniture manufactures. Part of the company’s value comes from providing application engineering of gas controlled springs and dampeners. Read More.
Lean, Green and OSHA Trained Employees Provide Annual Cost Savings
Amcor Flexibles is a division of Amcor Limited, a multinational manufacturing organization that is one of the world’s largest packaging companies. The organization’s main products include PET plastic containers for beverage applications, flexible packaging for the food and healthcare markets, tobacco packaging, corrugated boxes and a North American distribution business. Amcor Flexibles’ New Jersey operation, which manufactures plastic and foil laminated bags and packaging products primarily for the pharmaceutical and medical products, was established in 2003 when the company purchased Rexam in Mt Holly. Read More.
Eliminating Waste and Defects Helps Titan Tool Remain Competitive in Their Markets
Titan Tool, Inc. is the leader in airless spray technology. The company offers world-class, end-to-end solutions for the industry. Its wide range of sprayers – from indoor to outdoor paint spraying equipment, gas to electric- paint to all kinds of coatings and finishes. Titan Tool, Inc., a member of WAGNER- Group, employs 149 people in its Oakland New Jersey facility. Read More.